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Issue No. 2323

Strike at Amnesty for workers’ rights

Workers at Amnesty International UK are set to strike on Wednesday of next week. This will be their second walkout against management’s continued

refusal to enter into meaningful negotiations over a cost cutting programme which includes redundancies.

The workers are members of the Unite union. Send messages of support to union@amnesty.org.uk


Sweet victory at chocolate factory

More than 100 workers at the Barry Callebaut chocolate factory in Banbury, Oxfordshire, have won a better pay increase after two 24-hour strikes.

The workers are members of the Unite union. They had planned to strike on Friday of last week and Monday of this week against a paltry 1.5 percent pay rise.

But the action was called off after a new offer of 2.6 percent. The firm’s top director took home a 79 percent pay rise in 2011.


Birmingham picket of bigots’ rally

Activists from West Midlands Love Music Hate Homophobia are set to picket a rally of the Coalition for Marriage (C4M) in Birmingham on Monday of next week.

C4M opposes equal marriage and backs “gay cures” for LGBT people. Picket the bigots: Monday 8 October, 12.30pm, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BD


Kirklees vigil for the melting ice

The Kirklees Campaign Against Climate Change organised a vigil to mark the melting of Arctic sea ice.

Over 60 campaigners joined the vigil in St George’s Square in Huddersfield last Friday, with a large banner and candles as it grew dark.

The disappearance of the ice will hasten global warming as the sea absorbs more of the sun’s heat than ice does.

Martin Jones


BA Gatwick bosses disembark workers

British airways bosses are continuing to outsource what were previously core airline functions.

Some 350 workers at Gatwick BA Ground Services have been offered redeployment to Heathrow, early retirement or severance, or TUPE transfer to a third party, Swissport. Swissport has been awarded the contract to handle all BA aircraft at Gatwick.

Gatwick airport worker


Carlisle cleaners strike again

Cleaners on Carlisle TransPennine Express struck for the third time on Monday of this week over pay and conditions.

The RMT union members are also refusing overtime for two weeks. Send messages of support to Pete March, p.march@rmt.org.uk


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Tue 2 Oct 2012, 18:32 BST
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